Welcome to “Winter,” our new exhibition of the George Stuart Historical Figures®. Delving into the enchanting world of winter, the exhibition explores the myriad ways in which people have sought to make the most of this season. Winter is the time of year when the days are shortest, and the nights are long and cold, affecting both our bodies and our moods. In response to the challenges of winter, people across the globe have crafted annual traditions to create their own warmth and find connection. By drawing together with loved ones, they endure winter’s chill and create a sense of togetherness that warms the heart.
Our journey begins with Winter Mythology in Scandinavia, where we uncover the rich folklore and mythology of the Norse people. Their belief system sought to explain the harsh reality of winter through storytelling and symbolism.
Next, we explore The Winter Palace: A Symbol of Russian Power, a breathtaking architectural wonder in St. Petersburg, Russia. The Winter Palace not only showcases opulence but also serves as a symbol of Russia’s imperial might. Its grandeur resonates with the endurance required to face Russia’s long and harsh winters.
Our journey then takes us to Winter at Valley Forge: A Turning Point for American Freedom, a pivotal historical moment in the United States. Here, General George Washington’s Continental Army faced a brutal winter during the American Revolutionary War.
We step back in time to explore Winter Traditions in Victorian England. This period gave rise to many enduring winter customs, such as Christmas trees, carol singing, and the exchange of Christmas cards. These traditions highlight the importance of family, charity, and togetherness during the winter season.
As we move forward, we delve into the significance of Celebrating the Rhythm of Nature During Winter Solstice and how the Chumash continue to celebrate this turning point when days begin to grow longer.
Our final destination transports us to Lunar New Year in Qing Dynasty, China. This vibrant celebration marks the end of winter and the beginning of spring. Festivities include dragon and lion dances, lantern festivals, and the exchange of red envelopes for good luck and prosperity. It underscores the universality of the desire to find light, warmth, and togetherness during a time of cold and darkness.
Join us on this global journey through the art of George Stuart Historical Figures as we uncover the diverse winter symbolism, customs, and celebrations that connect people to nature and, more importantly, to each other. Winter, with all its challenges, remains a season of warmth, unity, and wonder across the world.